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Scott Strobel, PhD

Provost and Henry Ford II Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and Professor of Chemistry; Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor

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Scott Strobel, PhD



Scott Strobel is the Henry Ford II Professor of Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry (MB&B) and University Provost. Scott joined the Yale faculty in 1995 and served as department chair from 2006-09. From 2011-2019 he has served as Vice President for West Campus Planning & Program Development where he has orchestrated the emergence of the West Campus as a research and educational center of the University. In July 2014 he took on additional responsibility as the inaugural Deputy Provost for Teaching & Learning. In this capacity, he oversaw the creation of the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning, housed within the York Street wing of Sterling Memorial Library. As a professor of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Professor he instituted a program to explore microbial and chemical diversity in the world’s rainforests as a means to inspire undergraduate students in the sciences. He chaired the University Science Strategy Committee which was tasked with developing a ten-year strategic plan for the sciences and engineering at Yale. In 2019 as Vice Provost for Science Initiatives, he was charged with implementing that plan. He began as Provost in 2020. He was awarded the Dylan Hixon Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Natural Sciences, the Graduate Mentoring Award in the Sciences and the Yale Science and Engineering Award for Meritorious Service. His research group explores the chemical basis of RNA function and the role of the fluoride ion channel in cellular fluoride detoxification.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    University of Colorado, Boulder, CO (1995)
  • PhD
    California Institute of Technology (1992)


  • Ribosome Collaborations
    Germany 2008
    Professor Strobel's laboratory performed the synthesis of ribosomal substrate analogues. He and Professor Rodnina of Universitat Witten use these substrates in kinetic assays to characterize the chemical mechanism of the ribosome.

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Schering Plough Research Institute AwardAmerican Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology2008
Graduate Mentoring AwardYale University2007
ProfessorHoward Hughes Medical Institute2006
Dylan Hixon Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Natural SciencesYale University2004
Beginning Investigator AwardAmerican Cancer Society2002
Beckman Young Investigator AwardArnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation1997
Searle Scholar AwardSearle Foundation1997

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